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Opinion | Socialism isn’t on the ballot, senator

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) talks about her personal struggles during the Iowa GOP Reception at Hughes Family Barn in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Facilitated by RPI Chairman Jeff Kaufmann, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Ernst discussed their hardships and highlights throughout their political roles and personal lives.

Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

September 15, 2020

Joni Ernst and other Iowa Republicans seem to be reliving the 1960s, complete with McCarthyist attacks on their opposition. To the enemies of communists, socialists, anarchists, and any other extreme leftist philosophy, allow me to relieve you of your fears. Socialism is not on the ballot. Not l...

Opinion | Not voting is a choice – the wrong one

The Hawk the Vote website is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

Zeina Aboushaar, Opinions Columnist

September 15, 2020

The past four years have been painful for many Americans and it seems that the flawed system of voting is the only way out — America's only hope. Every time we tried to voice our concerns, our pain, and our anger, we were yet again denied our liberties. The only thing that can save us is all o...

Opinion | The apathetic young voter narrative is false

A Johnson County precinct indicator is seen outside The University of Iowa Visual Arts building on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Counties all across Iowa along with eight other states are participating in the 2020 primary elections.

Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist

September 14, 2020

For years there has been an ongoing narrative that young people are often apathetic when it comes to civic engagement, especially voting, however, I think more than ever this narrative is false. Young people have been incredibly engaged civically, whether that be through protesting, voting, caucu...

Opinion | The pandemic won’t stop Hawkeye clubs

The Old Capitol building is seen on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

September 14, 2020

While we are half a month into the current semester, there are still many chances to join clubs this semester and school year as a whole — and those opportunities shouldn’t be missed. Yes, you read that right. I want you to join a club. I know many of us are not on campus, and even if we ar...

Opinion | University of Iowa needs to give more attention to suicide prevention


Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

September 13, 2020

National Suicide Prevention week occurred from Sept. 6-12. While the University of Iowa advocated to seek help, check up on friends, and advertised their counseling services, there is still more work that could be done. The university should invest in spreading more awareness, educating on ho...

Opinion | Cancer awareness needs more attention

Fans wave after the first quarter during the Iowa football game against Miami (Ohio) at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Redhawks 38-14.

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist

September 10, 2020

September is a month of trees changing colors, weather getting colder — and childhood cancer awareness. Even when we are not in the middle of the craziest year anyone has ever experienced, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month gets overlooked. Issues pertaining to the economy, gun laws, and abor...

Opinion | A total campus shutdown is not the answer

The Old Capital is seen on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

September 9, 2020

Since the return of students to campus, University of Iowa has 1,395 cases of COVID-19. Poor administration decisions, irresponsible behavior of students, and inadequate measures and policies to slow the spread have all contributed to make not only the university, but Iowa City unsafe. Although a ...

Opinion | Iowa Athletics abandons ‘Win, Graduate, Do it right’ in the face of budget cuts.

University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta discusses former Iowa basketball player Megan Gustafson's career during the retirement ceremony for her number 10 jersey following the Iowa women's basketball game against Michigan State University on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at Caver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans, 74-57.

Eve Stewart, Opinions Columnist

September 9, 2020

On August 21st, the athletic community at The University of Iowa received an email with an open letter from University President, Bruce Harreld and Athletic Director, Gary Barta. This letter marked the official release of the decision to cut four of Iowa’s varsity sports programs. It provided reaso...

Opinion | Labor Day is over — its history never is

The American flag flies above the Old Capitol Building on Thursday, January, 24, 2019. The semester theme of

Adam Engelbrecht, Opinions Columnist

September 8, 2020

I am writing this on Labor Day, relaxing on my couch because, like many students and workers, I have the day off. We have been given this day off in order to commemorate workers and their achievements over the years. For most folks, however, that is where the significance of Labor Day ends — i...

Opinion | Small restaurants need help

The Mill building is seen shut down on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

September 7, 2020

While I have always enjoyed a home-cooked meal, sometimes a restaurant has just what I need. When COVID-19 hit Iowa City and local restaurants closed for an undetermined time, I knew that people were affected on many different levels. From the selfish level of not being able to go to my favor...

Opinion | School choice doesn’t solve school segregation


Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist

September 7, 2020

From the outside, giving underprivileged, minority students the opportunity to be bused to better-funded and resourced schools appears to be a good idea — however, the problem at hand remains. Even with the opening of new school districts, underprivileged minority students will be left behind and f...

Opinion | Democrats need to give up the gun fight

Guns are displayed at Scheels in Coralville on Tuesday, April 11. The Iowa House recently accepted the stand-your-ground-provision, an amendment to HF 517, which permits an individual to use deadly force when their life is in danger.

Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

September 3, 2020

Before anything else, let me say this — I think gun culture is backward and idiotic. Personal ownership of firearms is something I frankly don’t understand, and I personally believe it’s preferable that no one own guns. But Democrats need to change their tune on guns if they want Republican conve...